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Root achieved for Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact with locked bootloader

Posted by wicked January - 25 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Owners of Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact Android handsets that have a locked bootloader, it is your lucky day. At least, it is if you’ve been hoping to root your device.

A clever dev over at the XDA-Forums has scored himself a touch of bounty for working out the xploit. Sorry… exploit. The method is not intended for the international Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact devices, which come with unlockable bootloaders, and are rather easily tinkered with by the AOSP and ROM enthusiasts. Nor is it for the Verizon variants with modified hardware. Instead, the exploit is for markets like the U.S. where carriers tend to lock things down.

Let’s not beat around the bush here, with Android Lollipop set to release for Sony hardware soon, You are likely better off waiting for the OTA before rooting. Also, this is not an easy process. Right off the bat, up to date firmware is not compatible, so you’ll need to first roll back to version 23.0.1.A.5.77. From there, it is a matter of simply creating a pre-rooted version of the phone’s hardware, flash a recovery image for your model, then apply the root exploit itself.

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XDA user zxz0O0 is who you have to thank for bringing root to your locked Sony Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact. He’s been known to bring exploit and similar tools to the forums and will take home at least a part of the current $3017 bounty available for breaking the lock on Sony gear.

Head on over to the XDA post on the matter to get all the resources and instructions to root your Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact handsets.

Will you go for root on your Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact?

Screen Mode app takes new angle on accessing your smartphone screen

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


One of the bigger annoyances all smartphone users deal with is getting access to the screen as quickly and easily as possible. Possibly in a perfect world, we might all leave our screens on all the time so a mere glance would reveal all we expect to see. In the real world though, that would lead to some very short periods of time in between battery charging. So, a variety of measures have been enacted to turn our screens off and only show limited notifications in an effort conserve battery life. However, that also means going through the trouble of turning a device back on to use it. The new Screen Mode app from XDA Senior Member Meko07 hopes to address this situation.

To help ease the process of turning a smartphone screen back on, device manufacturers have looked for a variety of innovative methods. LG has their Knock On system that just requires a couple taps of the screen and Motorola implemented methods so a wave of the hand will turn on a screen. Meko07 decided to use a different tactic though, relying on a smartphone’s sensors to detect the angle of the device and turning the screen on based on that. In addition to unlocking and locking the screen based on the angle, the app also adjusts the screen’s brightness.

This could be a good solution for owners of devices that do not have a quick way to unlock their screen or just want an easier way to adjust the brightness. The Screen Mode app is free, so if you want to give it a try, just hit the Play Store links below.


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[New App] Wear GoPro Remote lets you control your GoPro with your smartwatch

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Are you an adventure enthusiast or simply have a GoPro device at your disposal? You will be pleased to know that you can now control this nifty gadget right from your wrist using the Wear GoPro Remote app for Android Wear.

The app doesn’t seem to be available on the Google Play Store, so you will have to download the apk directly from XDA. It allows deep controls for users including the ability to turn on the GoPro device, change camera mode, frame rate or even locate the GoPro device if it goes missing.

Here are some of the essential features listed out by the developer:

  • Change camera mode (Video, Photo, Burst, Time lapse)
  • Change video resolution and frame rate.a
  • Change Time lapse interval.
  • Fire shutter to take pictures, start/stop video and see a small preview of the picture taken.
  • Fire shutter by shaking your hand (Great for selfies).
  • Image gallery to browse images on Camera.
  • Set basic settings like Spot Meter, Beep volume, Upside down, LEDs.
  • Locate camera.
  • Power off/on camera.

Click here to view the embedded video.

This is a relatively new app, so the developer urges users to pass on feedback about any glitches or errors that needs fixing. We’re keeping our fingers crossed to have this app hit the Play Store soon and we don’t think we’ll have to wait much longer. You can download the Wear GoPro Remote for your Android Wear device here.

Via: XDA Forums

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XDA LG Development Challenge Winners

Posted by wicked December - 28 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off


Almost 3 months ago, we set out with LG to find two amazing apps that developers could put together using LG’s QPair SDK. That contest came to a close last Friday, and while there were some really great entries that took the QPair SDK and stretched it to its limits, the two winners for the Grand Prize have been selected as explained in the Contest Rules.

The XDA LG Developer Challenge was a 8-week competition, and each person had the opportunity to pitch their proposal for the best app and bring it to life with a LG device of their own. Of the 10 proposals that we selected for the second phase, the developers of the best two apps have been selected and they will both receive a LG G Watch R to to further their development opportunities!

There were a lot of really great entries to the second phase of the competition, and all of them deserve a quick download! Check out the complete list of apps and watch faces that were made during the competition.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the XDA LG Developer Challenge (in no particular order):

We and LG thank each and every one of the entrants, and hope that they will continue to be involved and create new and exciting applications with the LG QPair SDK and for Android devices in general.

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PS4 Remote Play port working on Android 4.2 devices, no root required

Posted by wicked December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Sony’s PS4 Remote Play streaming app is a great piece of software for gamers, but the company’s choice to lock the app to its own Xperia smartphone range means that quite a few people are missing out. Fortunately, XDA member TheScriptKitty has created an APK that will port that the Remote Play app to non-Sony smartphones and tablets.

The port apparently supports any Android KitKat (4.4+) device. You can check a list of tested compatible handsets and tablets here. Some users are also reporting that the app works with Android 4.2 and 4.3 handsets too, so it might be worth a try even on older smartphones and tablets.

The latest version of the port.apk (V0.61) removes connection speed and WiFi checks, allowing you to connect to your PS4 over slower connections and potentially even your data connection, providing that your network is fast enough. Despite the removal of these checks, a 5GHz router is still recommended.

Root permission is not required to install the application, although you will need to root if you want to install the DualShockManager for your controller. Here is the most up to date installation method using the latest apk:

  1. Download and install RemotePlayPortV0.6.1.apk (if you have a previous version installed run “adb uninstall” first.)
  2. (Optional) Download and Install DualShockManager.apk
    1. Move APK into ‘/system/app/’ and change permissions to RW-R-R
    2. Reboot

There are a couple of other, older methods you can also try in the official forum post. If you are having trouble connecting up your DualShock controller, there are a couple of workaround methods also mentioned in the thread. Lollipop users are also reporting some success with the apk, but you will need to forward ports TCP 9295, TCP 9293, and UDP 9296-9297 on your router.

We quite enjoyed our time using Sony’s game controller mount and Remote Play app, and it’s good to see more people having a blast with in-home streaming. If you try this method out, feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

Calendar Events Notifier App Will Pester You Until It’s Acknowledged

Posted by wicked December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


I can recall very specific calendar events that I missed because the notification disappeared on my phone. This problem happened more often when I got an Android Wear smartwatch because I flicked through my notifications too quickly.

Now, thanks to XDA developer Bartito, you can get bugged to death until you acknowledge that yes, you do have a doctor’s appointment today.


The app is Calendar Events Notifier. It works by reading your notifications, which you will need to grant permission to the app in your notification settings, registering that it is a calendar event and, based on what you have selected in the Calendar Events Notifier app, will trigger a recurring notification that must be specifically dismissed.

As if that’s not good enough, this app is also compatible with Android Wear. So your recurring-notification should show up as a card on your watch.

The developer only mentions syncing with Google calendar, so if you use a different calendar, it’s unclear if the app will work with that.

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Non-Sony Android devices get access to Sony PS4 Remote Play thanks to new port

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


When Sony announced their new Xperia Z3 smartphones during IFA 2014, one of the new features included was PS4 Remote Play. This new feature meant owners of the new devices could use their Sony smartphones as a second screen for the their Sony PS4 gaming platform. Even better than that, users could continue to play PS4 titles remotely on their mobile device. This was some great news for gamers who had PlayStation 4 devices if they were going to invest in a new Sony smartphone. Unfortunately, a Sony spokesperson said the company had “no intent to bring remote play to any device other than Xperia” meaning a lot of PlayStation 4 owners would miss out on the feature. That may have changed now thanks to a new port developed by XDA member XperiaPlaystation who has figured out how to get it working with a much larger population of Android devices.

According to XperiaPlaystation, the ported app should work with Android devices running at least Android 4.0 or newer. Users do have to install CWM (ClockWorkMod) Recovery, then flash a ZIP file, follow a couple other steps to clean up the device, and then install the APK file. Oddly enough, owners of a Sony Xperia Z1 have an additional step related to changing their build.prop in order to get the ported app to work.

If you have a PlayStation 4 and want to give the PS4 Remote Play app a try and you are willing to do some work on your device, hit the source link below for more detailed instructions and links to the appropriate files.

source: XDA Forum

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SunShine BootLoader Unlock tool launches for Motorola and HTC smartphones

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Thanks to a new application designed and coded by TeamAndIRC, a loyal member of the XDA Developer forums, Android users can now automatically unlock the bootloader on a bunch of Motorola and HTC branded smartphones from 2013.

Getting started is super easy. All you have to do is visit the download thread over on XDA, pay the service registration fee of $25 (which will be refunded if it does not work), install the Sunshine Bootloader Unlock on your device, and open it up. Then hit the start button and watch your bootloader unlock right in front of your eyes.

The full list of SunShine compatible devices can be seen below:

  • Motorola Moto X
  • Droid Maxx/Ultra/Mini
  • Motorola G
  • HTC One Mini M4
  • HTC One M7
  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One E8
  • HTC J Butteryfly
  • HTC One X (Evita)

Motorola devices should already be rooted. The app will try to obtain temporary root if not, but does warn that it could be unstable.

Please note that unlocking your bootloader completely voids your smartphones warranty, but, in return, does provide you with more control over your device and removes any restrictions that the manufacturer may have integrated into the software when designing the unit.

To download ShineShine BootLoader Unlock on your device — click the source link below, but do make sure you read the full details and warnings before proceeding.

Source: XDA
Via: Android Headlines

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CyanogenMod 11 officially makes its way to the Motorola Moto G 4G

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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One of the surest signs that a device has paid its dues, that it has reached a certain level of public distribution and support, is when it receives official CyanogenMod support. Motorola’s Moto G 4G has just received these honors with CyanogenMod 11, let the ROMing begin.

The Moto G 4G is the second major iteration of an exceptional piece of hardware. The original Moto G came equipped with just 3G connectivity and no microSD card slot. The Moto G 4G, in short, improves upon the original by adding 4G connectivity and room for a microSD card.

In terms of specs, the Moto G 4G rocks a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM a 5MP camera and has been updated to Android 4.4.4 KitKat for most versions. The near completely vanilla Android experience makes for impressive performance on the Moto G 4G, we look forward to seeing if CyanogenMod can produce the same great results.

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CyanogenMod is one of the leading custom ROM developers in the Android market. CyanogenMod 11 is built on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and offers users a unique approach to the mobile user interface and experience.

While CyanogenMod supports many devices, it does not support them all. This is an expected achievement for the beloved Moto G line, but one that should not go unnoticed, and most certainly will not be overlooked by fans of installing custom ROMs on their devices.

If you are ready to take the plunge, head on over to the XDA Forum for CyanogemMod on the Moto G 4G, they have all the instructions you’ll need.

What is the number one reason that you install custom ROMs? Will you put CyanogenMod on your Moto G 4G?

Via: XDA Developers;
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Digital Car looks to satiate your Android Auto desires, today

Posted by wicked August - 7 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Digital Car Android Auto Alternative

Digital Car is here to update your Android device in the car experience. A dedicated user friendly driving interface, coupled with appropriate power, audio and app selections to help you get through until, or altogether forget about, Android Auto.

You know how it goes, Google tells us about a cool new feature, they even go all out to show it off at a big conference, but if they launch it at that time, it only goes live for a small selection of devices. Then an independent developer, often over at the XDA-Forums, pops up with an alternative solution that is available for more devices, and now.

With that, Digital Car is available in the XDA-Forums as an alternative to Google’s upcoming Android Auto.

Unlike other alternative solutions for Google products, Digital Auto does not look to directly duplicate the Android Auto experience, it instead brings a compelling alternative to your car’s dashboard. The app appears best designed for your tablet, who doesn’t like the big screen? You get a full screen user interface, streamlined for the things you’d want on the road, with several preset app icons, an app launcher and more.

Now, Digital Car is not for everyone, there is a specific set of steps you need to follow to make it all work on your device. Digital Car is also only available if you sign up to be a part of their testing group, and by testing, I absolutely mean that this is an alpha release. Lastly, Digital Car is not likely to join Android Auto in the Open Automotive Alliance, if that is important to you. This wouldn’t be complete without a video showing what it’s all about:

If you are interested, head on over to the XDA forum post for Digital Car to learn more, or just hit their Google+ community to sign up and get started.

What solutions have you been using for your automotive needs? Now, what solutions have you been using that do not defy local distracted driving laws?

Via: XDA Developers;

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